Trying to break free of an already crowded mobile chip market, NVIDIA has decided to take its mobile aspirations into a different direction. Instead of wasting its resources on budget or even mainstream devices, it will instead carve out a new market for what it calls "superphones". This rather ambitious goal was mouthed by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
It seems that NVIDIA is making true its reported focus on a completely new and high end " superphone " market. Its shiny new Tegra K1 processor still has to hit the market but we're already seeing a variant that has only two CPU cores but both of which carry the 64-bit architecture. At CES 2014 early this year, NVIDIA revealed the Tegra K1 processor. Being NVIDIA, the focus wasn't really on the quad-core Cortex-A15 sitting inside but on the whopping 192 GPU cores based on the chip maker's Kepler architecture. The early Tegra K1 benchmarks looked promising, blowing the competition in the mobile market out of the water and even surpassing Intel's Haswell CPU and Iris GPU offering. The only thing that toppled the Tegra K1 was a combination of an Intel CPU and a dedicated NVIDIA mobile GPU.
NVIDIA on Friday announced that a 4G LTE ready version of its Tegra Note 7 will soon be available. Arriving in the second quarter, the 7-inch tablet will connect to both LTE and HSPA+ networks in various countries around the world.
Titanfall doesn't arrive until March 11th, but if your gaming PC is running an NVIDIA graphics card then it's time for an update, as a fresh batch of GeForce software has been pushed out. The updated drivers - GeForce 335.23 WHQL - polishes the 3D Vision profile for Titanfall, among other games, as well as supporting GeForce ShadowPlay Twitch streaming.
NVIDIA saw better than expected quarterly revenue in Q4 2013, the company has announced today, reaching $1.14bn amid strong sales of GeForce GTX video cards, and predicting another solid quarter as it renews its push into mobile.
Another pair of games has arrived in the TegraZone today. This latest release includes Rochard and Smash Hit, and of course, along with being found in the TegraZone, both will be available by way of the Play Store. Not to mention, both will be taking advantage of the Tegra 4 processor. Rochard requires a game controller, and Smash Hit is touch-only, which seems to suggest we have something for a variety of device owners. This Rochard release is a PS3 port and is touted as having Tegra 4 optimizations to include "DXT5 compressed textures, PCF shadows and multiple pixel lights." Perhaps a bit more important for those unfamiliar with this title -- Rochard is a side-scroller with "hours of mind-blowing gravity gameplay, puzzle-solving and action.
NVIDIA has added LTE to its Tegra NOTE 7 tablet , with the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE set to take the previously WiFi-only Android slate online from Q2, while also broadening availability across several new companies.
R-TYPE II is a horizontal scrolling shooter game that dates back to 1989. The game was released for a variety of systems including the Amiga, Atari ST and Game Boy. Of course, before the console releases, the game was found in the arcade. Key for today though, R-TYPE II is now available for Android.